The Memphis Grizzlies had just nine players available when they took the court Thursday for the first time since trading leading scorer Rudy Gay to Toronto. The patchwork lineup didn't do very well against the NBA's second-best team as Oklahoma led by as many as 26 in the third quarter before cruising to a 106-89 win over the Grizzlies.
Checking the NHL now Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Devils 5-4 on Thursday night, handing New Jersey its third straight loss in overtime.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots for his 49th NHL shutout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored on the first shot of the first and third periods in a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Thomas Vanek had three goals and two assists, setting up the tiebreaking score with 13:06 left in the third period on Thursday night to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Bruins.
In top 25 college basketball 7th ranked Gonzaga topped Loyola Marymount 88-43. 8th ranked Arizona won against Washington 57-53. Saint Louis slid past 9th ranked Butler 75-58 and Michigan St. beat Illinois 80-75.
In other College basketball news U Albany bested New Hampshire 68-62. Vermont finished ahead of Binghamton 61-37 and UMBC topped Hartford 70-57.
Caleb Moore, a freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a crash at the Winter Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25. Moore was attempting a backflip last Thursday in the freestyle event when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first into the snow with his snowmobile rolling over him.
And finally Phil Mickelson came within a fraction of an inch of becoming the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 at a sanctioned event. Instead, he had to settle for an 11-under-par 60 that gives him the clubhouse lead in the first-round of the Phoenix Open.
Mickelson needed to sink a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole to tie the PGA record, and the putt appeared on target until the final quarter-inch, when the ball caught the lip of the right edge of the cup and lipped out.